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contract in afghanistan that moves more than 70% of the goods and materiel that u.s. troops need at their remote fire bases, moves it all across afghanistan. the military in kabul looked at this $2 billion plus contract and found payoffs and corruption. one u.s. official telling us, and we quote from what he explained to us, that when they looked at it there were concerns about, quote, fraudulent paperwork and behavior, indications dollars were flowing to criminals and the enemy. what we are talking about is a web of payoffs. the contractors who run the trucking companies, hire subcontractors, the subcontractors then pay or police and security officials who pay off the taliban or criminals so that their trucks get safe passage across insurgent zones in afghanistan. is it realistic at this point that any of this will ever change. we spoke to a top analyst about this. >> when you have the, you know, extent of corruption that we may have seen with some of these contracts, that's clearly not acceptable and they have to change the way they are doing business, but, you know, like i sai
than a hundred al qaeda operatives in afghanistan. i'm not sure how he got that number but a u.s. official is saying al qaeda's power has diminished. i think the most important evidence is look back at the past ten years. al qaeda hasn't killed a single american on u.s. soil since 9/11 and it's such an important reminder for our viewers in america who have been infused with fear about al qaeda the past ten years. >> you talk about this infused fear. every so often, many a times throughout the year, we hear about chatter. there is chatter out there. there is chatter we should be concerned. what exactly do you think that means? because we never seem to get a definition on what that so-called "chatter" is. >> reporter: yeah, i'm not sure what chatter is. i think as journalists we have been guilty of not asking the tough questions. we have never asked what is chatter? we have never asked u.s. counterterrorism officials to show us evidence of chatter. and i think that is because of the impact of 9/11. this was the greatest american tragedy in recent memory. it had huge impact on ame
trillion of cuts savings from leaving afghanistan and iraq is just not credible. we don't know what the obstacles are going to be in afghanistan and possibly iraq. we also don't know what we might have to do in the middle east going forward. afghanistan is not settled, mr. president, and we have to have a certain level of stability on the ground in afghanistan or we will have wasted the billions that we have already spent and the lives of our military personnel in afghanistan because it will go back to the way it was before, a center for terrorism that will comeo our country or can come to our country. it did once already and we have been over there to try to wipe out al qaeda and the taliban, which has been in league with al qaeda. we have been over there losing american lives and spending american taxpayer dollars to protect our country from another 9/11. to say that we're going to c $1 trillion in the future over the next ten years when we aren't placing the emphasis on what are the conditions on the ground is not sound policy and it's certainly not sound national security policy
on today, including another bit of discouraging news out of affe afghanistan earlier this morning. plus a mystery celebrity caller helps us celebrate our birthday. will it be brad and an gelee na. star of thety silver screen, ron jeremy perhaps or will it be former president harry s. truman. you'll find out a bit later in the show. first let's get to the news live here at 5: 30 a.m. at rocker feller in new york city. >>> john boehner is now redoing if you want to put it that way his plan to redo the debt limit. the speaker's plan would fall short of the $1.2 trillion in spending costs it proposes, and the specific cuts would be $300 billion less than thought. this comes as the front page of today's "wall street journal" reads boehner plans faces rebellion. the journal and other papers reporting the speaker is facing backlash from conservatives in his party about the amount of spending cuts in his bill. that's why he's going back to refashion it and come up with something they can vote on thursday. a source tells nbc news that majority leader eric cantor tried to rally party members yest
50 national guard troops returned to cedar rapids, iowa, after spending a year in afghanistan. about 2800 men and women will return home to the area in the next few days. this is the largest deployment that the state has seen since world war ii. and those are your headlines. >> let's talk about what's going on. couple of days ago, we heard the president of the united states say don't call my bluff, eric cantor and i'll take my case directly to the american people. today, the president is going to take his case to the american people. he has a press conference this morning at 11:00 a.m. >> we'll see what he says again. there's no talks today, folks. they've been doing them every day this week. there was a rumor maybe they'd go to camp david this weekend but not sure if that's going to happen. no talks today. >> fascinating to see after an hour and 19 minutes yesterday that eric cantor did not say a word today, yesterday, and on thursday. now the president for the second time this week will have his press conference at which time he's going to do something. i think it's his third one
unfolding now in afghanistan. nato troops handing over more security to the afghan military, than ever before. are they now ready to protect themselves? four star general jack keane, just back from afghanistan, and the war zone, fills us in, next. . but actually, it's never been easier to get the whole grain you want from your favorite big g cereals. from cheerios to lucky charms, there's whole grain in every box. make sure to look for the white check. but when she got asthma, all i could do was worry ! specialists, lots of doctors, lots of advice... and my hands were full. i couldn't sort through it all. with unitedhealthcare, it's different. we have cess to great specialists, and our pediatrician gets all the information. everyone works as a team. and i only need to talk to one person about her care. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. the motorola expert from sprint. its powerful tools help you work faster and smarter so you can get back to playing "angry birds." it lets you access business forms on the go,
what terrorism has to do the world headlines now, another one of southern afghanistan's powerbrokers was killed today by a suicide bomber. the assassination of kandahar's mayor was the third killing in the last two weeks. the taliban has claimed responsibility for all three attacks. >>> libyan rebels received a diplomatic boost today with recognition from great britain. the conflict there in libya has gone under the public's radar recently because of more pressing economic concerns here in washington. but national cute correspondent jennifer griffin tells us -- national security correspondent jennifer griffin tells the nato mission is still unaccomplished. >> this is a video broadcast on libya state television tuesday of the pan am lockerbie bomber rallying support for libyan leader muammar qaddafi in downtown tripoli. the lockerbie bomber was released on compassionate grounds by a scottish judge two years ago, because he was reportedly dying of cancer. but he's still standing, as is muammar qaddafi, five months after the start of an operation the white house said would be brief. >>
weapons to shiah groups in iraq, as well as in afghanistan. >> pretty significant. jennifer live at the pentagon, thank you. >>> a libyan opposition official in britain says any proposal aimed at allowing muammar qaddafi to day this libya after stepping down is unworkable. hundreds of libyan rebels have launched an offensive against government forces in the west. a rebel spokesman says she seized two towns and advanced on others. and late today we learned the head of the libyan rebels armed forces and two of his aides were killed by gunmen, according to a rebel official. >>> back here at home, the obama administration has been negotiating with environmentalists and automakers on an enormous increase in fuel efficiency standards. the president plans to make an announcement friday. chief washington correspondent jim angle reports on the negotiations that have led to it. >> president obama was hoping to get automakers to agree to almost double mileage standards, aiming for another moment like this one in the rose garden in 2009 which raised them to 29.7 miles for model year 2012, bu
and afghanistan. he is in baghdad this morning where he's meeting with u.s. forces as well as iraqi leaders. he says iraq has to do more to prevent insurge attacks on americans with iranian weapons. >> i would like for iraq to exert more of an effort to go after those extremists that are making use of these weapons, that if you are going, they have a responsibility to protect against that kind of attack occurring. >> all 46,000 remaining american troops are withdrawing this year under an agreement between the two countries. iraqi leaders are debating whether to request u.s. troops stay in the country beyond 2011. >>> this morning, pakistan telling america, keep your money, after the u.s. announced it's withholding $800 million in military aid. this is more evidence of the growing rift between the u.s. and pakistan. white house chief of staff william daly says it's in response to pakistan's decision to cut back on counterterrorism operations after the killing of osama bin laden. the u.s. typically gives pakistan more than $2 billion a year in security assistance. >>> u.s. joint chiefs of staff a
afghanistan but they are over in the other places, somalia and arabian peninsula? >> that's right. actually this is a testament to bin laden's plan for the al qaeda network. he created a more diffuse network after the united states began to crack down on al qaeda in late 1990s. you saw rise of al qaeda in north africa and al shaback in east africa. al qaeda in iraq done great damage to u.s. forces. the taliban was once a government but relegated to affiliate movement of al qaeda. what you have a is number of organizations sort of franchises of al qaeda that continue to grow and thrive while we have focused in on the core as we called it. now i think after the death of bin laden in early may, i think we were able to get a lot of intelligence. we've gone after a lot of the other high-level officials within al qaeda and obviously this drone campaign been ongoing in pakistan and some cases yemen, we've taken out something like 1200 fighters from al qaeda including senior leaders. jon: right. >> this is all good news. but again the ideology of radical islam lives on and so do these affiliate gro
and afghanistan, is inconsistent with his muslim beliefs. at first the military wasn't buying the argument, but ultimately the pentagon said he's right, he should be discharged from the military and he was just about to leave when authorities say they found several items of child pornography on his computer. so that stopped his discharge. he was almost out of the army, but when they found evidence of a crime, they kept him in the military so that they can prosecute him in the military justice system, and that's what put a hold on his discharge. he'd had a hearing. he went awol, wound up in texas. went to the gun store where he bought smokeless powder which is gunpowder basically, a component in bombs, and authorities say when they went to his motel room in ft. hood, texas, they found the makings of basically two time bombs, smokeless powder. they say he was in the process of taking shotgun shells apart to get the shot out. the little metal pellets, which apparently he was going to use as shrapnel in the two bombs that he would have built in pressure cookers. so, instead of being pipe bombs
. ♪ welcome back. american troops in afghanistan worried about how the debt talks standoff could impact their families with the deal doesn't happen by tuesday and federal employees stop getting paid. soldiers asked admiral mike mullen if they will still get their pay checks. he said honestly he just doesn't know what will happen. >>> mullen was meeting with service men and women at bases in southern afghanistan. >> but the money does seem to be flowing in iraq and in ways that are taking the american taxpayer for a ride. a new report by a special inspector shows that contractors are overbilling the government by as much as 12,000%. in one case a sub contractor charged the pentagon 900 bucks for a $7 switch. and the audit comes as violence in iraq is surging. steve centanni is live for us in washington. so steve, first, what about the allegations that iraq is not any safer than it was a year ago? >> well, heather, that is the claim of the inspector general for iraq reconstruction in a scathing report just released he says "iraq remains an extraordinarily dangerous place to work. it is le
by u.s. officials in afghanistan he was allowed close enough to kill seven cia agents? >>> finally, let me finish with a second look at most memorable moment of the week when rupert murdoch's wife wendi supposedly saved him from a pie throwing comedian. call me skeptical but i'm calling it piegate. >>> we start with deal or no deal. the "new york times" reported this afternoon, the obama administration has informed democratic congressional leaders that president obama and speaker boehner were about to close in on a major deal that would enact substantial spending cuts and seek future revenues through -- the administration on wednesday night notified top members of congress that an agreemd between the president and mr. boehner could be imminent. but white house spokesman jay carney was quick to knock down the story. let's listen. >> the breaking news reports you all have probably received is incorrect. there is no deal. we are not close to a deal. we are obviously -- the president is in discussions with all the leaders of congress, as well as other members, and exploring the possibility
with of the government. people that manufacture the ammunition that we sent to the troops in afghanistan. the choice will have to be made. what he say? who'd you pay? that is an impossible situation this country has never faced and should never faced if congress does what it is elected to do. >> messages from brokerages and investors say that even if the fault is avoided, a downgrade is likely? could you speak to a downgrade? could you speak to a downgrade? >> of the rating agencies, they make their decision. a downgrade is a bad thing, the fault is catastrophic. the focus we have to have is on the necessity of reaching an agreement that can pass the both houses and be signed into law. it will extend the borrowing capacity to pay the bills will already run up for a substantial time so that we don't have this cycle. there is one measure right now, one notion out associated with one of the measures that would have us doing this again around christmas time. does anybody think that is a good idea? what kind of impact would that have on the economy? one of the most important seasons. let's throw into dou
services committee. to be fair, the cost for the afghanistan and iraqi wars costs about $10 billion a month so the libyan war or not war is a lot less expensive but it is still money that is being spent each day. >>shepard: and now the british are talking about kicking out the libyan arch -- ambassador and i read that libyans are responding. what is happening? >>reporter: the ambassador, the libyan arch, switched sides early on and left the government and now he represents the rebels and, so, the united states has a different situation but the british have asked the rebels to send a new ambassador. they kicked the others out. the british have also recognized this trans national council as transitional, as the legitimate representative, and, now we hear that the rebels are saying that while saying two weeks ago that muammar qaddafi could stay if he retired they are saying they are rescinding that offer. take a listen to the chairman of the joint chiefs. >> we are generally in a stalemate although with the strikes overtime muammar qaddafi's forces are continuing to be receivers of additionaly
as a nonpartisan group, now come back and says it doesn't work. if you think we're going to be in afghanistan then, we're really in trouble. here's what's happened. the democrats are having a difficult time, because when you look at harry's cuts, for the first time i'm saying he didn't aceually cut. i expected smoke and mirrors. they will have a deal because mitch mcconnell and harry have done an arrange.together. the key to it, i come back to, is this commission. it's real important, that committee, because it's going to force a vote. >> bob, let's go back a couple days ago, maybe middle part of last week. you were outside smoking a cigar, going, we got a deal. o i'll tear you apart today. >> he had his monocle. fast-forward today, we still don't have a deal. we'll get a deal, not august 2nd. august 8th. you know what happens on august 8th. they go on recess all of them. if they don't have a deal, they won't be able to go back to their districts. they'll stay in washington. let me guess, august 7th or 8th we get a deal. real quickly, we take in $172 billion per month. you can take care of milita
in iraq and afghanistan of a trillion. that's a funny number that you can't get your arms around. >> shepard: looks like a couple trillion, right? >> yes. >> shepard: the bush era tax cuts had they not extended, which the president promised he would not do, had they not we would be two million dollar -- two billion dollars better off, right? >> tax cuts, wars that were more costly than any administration thought they would be in a multitude of ways, including human life. >> shepard: when he was giving in to his political opposition when he extended the bush tax cuts, even though he promised he wouldn't, why wouldn't you notice down the road in the month of august, is this moment? why would you let it happen again? >> yeah. remember back to that time. a lot was on the table. >> shepard: there's a lot on the table now. >> including the extension of unemployment checks. the interesting thing now is that s&p, which is a rating's agency says almost no matter what happens this week the bills that are being discussed 2.7 trillion, 3 trillion, if you believe the numbers, s&p an signaling
to the war in afghanistan. he's given on taxes. he mised a huge opportunity in my opinion there. why can't the republicans just open their minds a little bit, give a little bit. go back on a commitment to make something happen. >> obama is wrong. >> he's not wrong. >> he had a $780 billion stimulus. the $700 billion tarp, three deficits for $1.5 trillion. we have the fete pumping in $600 billion. it hasn't worked. and so it hasn't -- if it hasn't worked, cohen calls this a cult. the cult won 63 seats. six months ago. what happened to his party. >> thankfully we didn't listen to republicans on the carr industry without the investment the american people made, we would have lost gm, chrysler, ford, and lost our ability on the global stage too. thank god we ignored the republicans when it came to saving the financial system without it. it was the right thing to do for them to pay them back. but what i want to know, ray torically, is where was the team party when bush ran the debt up. they were absent. this isn't as much political as it is substance. i don't doubt they have considerable repu
, thank you very much. a u.s. soldier in afghanistan fighting to defend our freedom finds out that his parents are being sued over their tribute to his military service. we are going to find out why this sign on their front lawn has sparked a major, legal battle. and a new warning about the u.s. economy, and it again involves the beleaguered housing market. we're going to find out what is causing this latest disappointing trend. more on that for you. the chilling new details that we are now getting from the teenagers who survived a bear attack in the alaskan wilderness. we'll talk with the folks who ran this wilderness adventure just ahead. >> it wasn't fun, i know that much. it wasn't that fun. i kicked him dead up in his face, like right in the middle, kicked him. he was done after that, ko, you don't mess with me. [laughter] >> i was scared, i was scared, but still where i'm from we don't play that. [ male announcer ] get ready for the left lane. the volkswagen autobahn for all event is back. right now, get a great deal on new volkswagen models, including the jetta, awarded a top sa
and the war in afghanistan? >> we will continue to help govern so they have a legitimate chance to continue hold on to their liberty. you have to look at in afghanistan is we have to watch out for a precipitous withdrawal, which would allow the taliban to come back and continue to create a new harbor for terrorism and to use their ability to destabilize the government of pakistan. >> have you met world leaders? what is your impression of them? >> i have that world leaders, and i do not worry about what i think of them. i do not believe that that is what is important. i look at the strategic interests of the united states and our allies and how this nation can either mutually cooperate or mutually conflict. >> finish the sentence -- "the state of the country today is what?" >> an opportunity waiting to be seized. >> why has it not been seized? because a lot of institutions such as the government and big banks have failed us, and i think the crushing weight of the government and the crushing weight of the failure of the financial markets have had -- have helped to inhibit the american people
in iraq and afghanistan, about a tr trillion there. highly questionable. speaker boehner's plan has two steps in it. totals $1.2 trillion in cuts. has a six to nine month debt ceiling and cuts and another debt ceiling mechanism next year sometime. david, seems like the president is basically saying all i want, get this out of the way before the incomes election. in that interest i'll give you what you want, basically? >> the democrats, without, and republican. s have drawn a line in the sand. problem is, it's inside it's republican tent. it's basically up to the bedroom. saying, we'll given you cuts, and part of reid's plan is $1.2 trillion in defense and non-defense discretionary cuts. we don't know what the cuts will be. may be real cuts in real problems, that the president and other democrats care a lot about. they have basically yielded to republicans on a big conceptual linking, lifting the debt creeling to spending cuts and -- >> two things republicans still want. a dollar for dollar cut in spending to mamp a debt ceiling increase and a trigger mechanism for a balanced budget amen
. not only as we wind down the two wars in afghanistan and iraq, i think as a general principle, we have to have a much more what i would call in mechanical factor on our resources, regardless of which branch of the service we are talking about. keep the military strong, make sure we are protecting our veterans, which we have not done a very good job at. i don't think we need the amount of money we're spending now for every military -- every apparatus we can think of. i don't think we can continue down that trail any longer. we cannot afford it and we don't need it. host: congressman bill pascrell is with us for another 15 minutes. republican -- helen, republican line. guest: good morning, helen. caller: i used to be a substitute teacher. the school i had had supplies. it was blessed. but the administration in our county is bloated, its bloated. because i was a substitute teacher, i listened. there is so much administrative and bureaucratic money wasted on education. but you holler, oh, the poor children and teachers, which is correct, but so much money is wasted in bureaucracy -- wasted
with a situation like 9/11 or the war in iraq or afghanistan are terrorism? what if there is unforeseen event that would force government to spend more money than it takes an? guest: the legislation would have to be written to be including situations when we get like that. i am no expert on the u.s. economy so i want to put that disclaimer out there right now. but we are spending more than we're taking in and it is not sustainable. we cannot continue down this path. when you have the medicare board of trustees coming out in the month of may and releasing a report that says, if medicare is not reformed in 2024, it will be bankrupt, it is irresponsible for washington not to do anything about their when you know you are facing this problem. we need to deal with that. we need to do some entitlement reform across the board. we cannot balance the u.s. budget by cutting discretionary spending. host: i realize that this is still coming together so the information continues to evolve. but based on what we hear this morning, it is a $1.4 trillion increase in the debt limit immediately. based on misinfo
're hearing from people overseas on checkpoints in iraq and afghanistan who don't know what's going to happen if our country defaults. reesht he says white house officials stopped short of assures vets groups that va checks and military pay won't be interrupted. officials at the feng and the department of veterans affair will only say that they hope it won't come to that. online marie wyatt offers her solution saying wake up washington. if you need money for the budget, try cutting your own pay. joe hempleman is 70% disabled after three tours in the war zone. he worries about his september disability check. >> that's a big concern to my wife and i who rely on our va disability check as a portion of our income that we use for everyday expenses like a portion of the moor gaj payment, child care expenses for our son. >> i would ask mr. president, the same thing i would ask every senator or congressman. would you do the same thing that you're doing right now if you were in my shoes? >> and wolf, these veteran groups tell us, they just want some answers. they want a solution, like so many american
the savings would come from iraq and afghanistan and don't materialize and votes on a balanced budget amendment but what the democrats reviews to do is tie an increase in the debt ceiling to passing the balanced budget amendment. you can see the rough outlines of a deal. any deal would have to go back to the house. would these conservatives especially tea party members that speaker boehner had to make concessions to, what would they do if it comes back monday night just hours before the deadline, would they vote for that? >> 201 votes in favor of this legislation. right now 196. take a look. as of now 12 republicans have bolted from the leadership from john boehner, the speaker, and eric cantor the majority leader and right now 12 republicans have voted against and still not there. 216. there is still plenty of time left. nine minutes plus for this vote to conclude. it's a fascinating development as you say. by the way, we're told john boehner was mulling around and didn't seem overly concerned but it is still not a done deal yet. once this does pass, john, assuming it passes, gets 21
eliminating money with the wars in be afghanistan and iraq. that's also future looking. so i'm asking you today in terms of changes to the tax code for corporations because we know there's plenty of corporations that last year ended up paying relatively little or no taxes at all. are you putting forward anything in terms of corporate tax reform that you would be willing to undo in loop loopholes today? is. >> i think we all agree tax loopholes are something we can do about, that's definitely an area we compromise on without any difficulty whatsoever. but the point is putting in a system of tax reform that is simpler, flatter, less cumbersome especially for our business owners in the cost of doing business. so this is what we're looking at. but we are definitely against any tax increases, any tax increases alone. martha: all right, so goldman sachs if they don't get $4 trillion, what happens is a plan that's short of $4 trillion in real spending cuts, they're likely to downgrade their rating on u.s. debt. what do you think about that? >> well, you know, that's unfortunately what we're face
to afghanistan saturday, joint chiefs admiral mike mullen was asked by a military officer if they are going to get their checks. it sounds like even he is not sure. >> shannon: mullen did say he is confident they will eventually get paid. >> a new report out says iraq is not only more dangerous than it was a year ago but that the mission there is costing a whole lot more than expected. steve centanni live in washington with the latest on that report. >> a report from the inspector general for iraq reconstruction has bad news on two fronts. for one thing, the inspector general says "iraq remains an extraordinarily dangerous place to work. it is less safe in my judgment than 12 months ago ." he calls this is summer of uncertainty in iraq as the u.s. and iraqi government decide whether u.s. troops will remain past the december deadline for a pullout. violence has been on the upsurge. here are examples outlined in the report. 15 u.s. soldiers killed in iraq in june making it the bloodiest month for the u.s. military in that country in two years. also an increase in rockets launched against the
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